Galesburg votes to disband police force

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GALESBURG, Mich. (WOOD) — The police department in Galesburg is disbanding.

The decision was made Thursday evening during a special meeting of the Galesburg City Council. It came only a month after the council voted to fire its police chief.

Former chief Jeff Heppler was dismissed because of concerns that he couldn’t devote enough time or attention to the job. He also served as the part-time police chief and part-time village manager in the neighboring village of Augusta. Galesburg Mayor Carl Newton previously told 24 Hour News 8 that often made it difficult for people in Galesburg to reach Heppler.

In a phone interview Friday, Newton didn’t elaborate about whether Heppler’s termination had anything to do with the city’s decision to do away with the entire police department.

Full story: WOOD TV

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